Vol. 144 , No. 41
Wednesday, July 5, 2017
Peabody, KS 66866
Groomsmen die in wreck before wedding
At a wedding Saturday in Whitewater, flowers on the floor took the places meant for Kameron Wiebe and Caleb Neal, cousins of the groom. Wiebe, 21, and Neal, 22, died Friday in an automobile accident near the Marion-Butler county line.
County paying more for same legal advice
Marion County’s new county counselor position, begun as a way of clearing up lingering civil matters at a time of transition, is evolving into a larger and more costly undertaking. Not only is the county paying an additional lawyer to handle civil matters that the county attorney used to handle.
Tax rebates may go, sales tax may be extended
County commissioners seem poised to eliminate tax incentives for residential construction and to hire a consultant to help sell the public on using the county’s jail sales tax for other projects. More than 300 properties have benefited from more than $200,000 a year in tax rebates for improvements made under the county’s Neighborhood Revitalization Program.
Pool slides shut down by new law
Slides at swimming pools in Hillsboro and Marion have been shut down as administrators grapple with uncertainty created by a law that went into effect Saturday requiring professional inspections and permits to operate amusement rides. Hillsboro’s slide was closed Saturday even though city administrator Larry Paine said he wasn’t aware of any injuries caused by the slide in 13 years of operation.
Former exchange student returns for reunion
If a long-distance prize had been given at the 25-year reunion of Peabody-Burns’s class of 1992, it would have gone to Joerg Forchel. Forchel came from Krefeld, Germany, where he is now an investment banker, to attend the reunion.
A private service is planned for retired draftsman and flight instructor Billy K. Woford, 84, who died June 28 at his residence in Hillsboro. Born Nov. 14, 1932, at Okemah, Oklahoma, to Kyle W. and Martha Irene (Wilson) Woford, he was an Army veteran, Free Mason, and life master bridge player.
Fish and Game cases
Harvest down 25%
Fewer acres planted this year and damage from recent storms reduced this year’s wheat harvest by as much as 25 percent. Compared to an estimated 2.3 million bushels Cooperative Grain and Supply reportedly took in 2016 from all their elevators, total wheat harvested substantially dropped this year.
Burns ranch wins place on historic registry
Surrounded by rolling hills of green grass northeast of Burns, a 20-acre historic ranch homestead first settled in 1881 has been approved for the Kansas Registry of Historic Places and has been nominated for the national registry. Co-owner Rick Grace filed the paperwork, and a photographer took more than 100 pictures of the buildings, inside and out.
Harvest can help charities, too
Harvest can be a time of plenty, not just for farmers but also for charities they support. In June, a Marion couple’s wheat harvest helped St. Luke Hospital and Living Center’s capital campaign fund.
A shining example
Forget Vegas. You can see all the drama of heroes and villains, of fortunes being secured or squandered, by attending a county commission meeting. We won’t try to deal with everything here but will say that this week’s hero to emerge out of our a commissioners’ meeting is Jo Ottensmeier.
A veil of secrecy
While in some ways it’s like a Vegas show, watching county commission meetings may in more ways be like watching a show on local TV. All the boring setup and commercials come in fine, but when the climax nears, some overly coiffed meteorologist suddenly appears, gesturing wildly at colorful globs on a map and speaking excitedly about some not-so-dangerous thunderstorm hundreds of miles away. In the commission’s case, it’s not weather that takes away the key moments. It’s closed-door sessions, when the public is shut out of hearing about the public’s business.
More dollars than sense
There was plenty of activity at the county commission’s nickel and dime slots this week, with employees continuing to buy all manner of interesting items in June. Emergency management had perhaps the most interesting expenditures: $683.60 for air fare plus $88.84 for a seat upgrade, $25 for excess baggage, $48.28 for travel insurance, $20 for liability insurance on two drones, and $104.88 for doughnuts for training sessions.
Corrections and Clarifications
Peabody mayor Larry Larsen’s name was misreported in some editions last week.
Friends attend picnic in Florence
Waner selected for all-state marching band
Marion High School trumpet player Logan Waner will be among 175 high school musicians attending the 34th annual Kansas Masonic Foundation’s all-state marching band camp July 25 through 29 at Butler Community College. The camp will end with performances at the Kansas East-West Shrine Bowl game at the college’s sports complex. Magician to perform
College honors and degrees
Club to meet
Chat and Dine Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the east shelter at Marion County Lake. Hamburgers, hot dogs, iced tea, and lemonade will be provided. Participants are being asked to bring table service, a lawn chair, and a dish to share.
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